I did not bust!

Yesterday was a mountain top day. I journeyed for eleven months to arrive at yesterday in a bedazzled bikini. It was bikini or bust and we made it!

The morning started out with eggs on toast, coffee, and anticipation.


A fantastic start to my very first Figure Competition!!


Then a flurry of preparations, doing hair and makeup, and eating rice cakes and other random foods at specified times ensued. I immediately bonded with the other competitors backstage.  After you find yourself gluing a very small bikini bottom to a woman who you have never met before, you can’t help but be fast friends.


Getting ready to go on stage. That Bikini Bite really holds!


It was completely exhilarating to stand in line anticipating my time to go on stage.  I watched in awe as the other competitors strutted their stuff. Before I knew what was happening I was walking up the stairs in my 5-inch heels feeling like a superstar.


All painted, bedazzled, pumped up, and ready to rock the stage!


Being on stage was amazing. In those moments I was living out the dream that had merely been in my heart for the last year.  In that moment I arrived and was a winner, no matter what the judges decided.

I did not win the competition, but I am a winner.

Learning that first place and success do NOT go hand in hand is an invaluable lesson that I will take with me for the rest of my life.


On top of the world!!


Will I compete again? You better believe it!  I am just starting my journey as a Figure Athlete, but competing in April is not my life focus. It is merely an outward sign of what is within me.

The mountain top was fabulous, but I can’t stay there. The funny thing about mountain tops is that when you’re there the view is amazing and you can see for miles, but nothing really lives there. It is a place to visit, but not to live.  The living is done in the journey to the mountain top.

I love living!  So it’s Bikini Or Bust as a way of life.

Who’s coming on the next journey with me?

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  1. You’ll need to let us know what your daily food diary was (is) like and what your gym schedule was like. I’ve just started doing a Well and Fitness Class here in our little town. Two mornings at the gym with a trainer and 1 morning a week with a support group of 12!

  2. I will come on this journey with you! And I agree with Bev! would love more insight into your training & food x

  3. YES, I’ll be there too! Planning my next show in March =) PLEASE tell me how to get my tummy (aka muffin top) to look like yours! Even at my bikini comp I still had a little muffin top. I blame it on three kids, but there’s gotta be a way to shave that puppy down!!

    Anyway, you looked fantastic and happy and you did awesome! Good job all around. What an accomplishment. You’re absoultely right, it’s the feeling of being on top of the world. How could you NOT want to do it again =) Now enjoy some “real” food =)

    • Thank you! We should form a militia against the muffin top and fight it like no one’s business! 🙂 Are you planning on competing again?! If so when, I want to know!!

  4. Congratulations!

  5. ME! ME! ME! I will DEF be joining you on this journey! I am constantly impressed at what you accomplished in this journey and totally inspired as I pursue the same goal. Loved the live feed on twitter during your comp weekend too!

  6. Heck yea, i’ll be there! THere’s a show in AZ in March – you should come here and escape the cold!

  7. I love your analogy (sp) about the mountain top! Very profound young lady 🙂

  8. Congrats on what sounds like a remarkable day and journey. See what you’ve done…? Now I want to come too. I am in the best shape of my life, but want to go to next level. Something like this just may be the next goal I need. Had no clue stuff like this even goes on in Calgary!

    The thing about mountain tops…nothing really lives there. Love that.

  9. This one really hit home with me, Donloree. “First place and success do not go hand-in-hand,” should be on a poster! I also loved the moutain top piece – it really does put all this crazy competing stuff into perspective, doesn’t it?

    I’m in a lost state right now – have competed once – wasn’t ready, but got on stage anyway so I’m mortified to do it again. Love to work out & try to eat clean, but am floundering right now – I could write pages, but I’ll stop there for now.

    You’ve got a new fan – keep writing and I’ll keep reading! I’ll even try to come up with some topics for your writing competition, but I suspect you’re clever enough that you’ll whip right through it!

    Thanks for starting my morning off with a smile!

    • Thanks for reading!! Indeed first place and success do not go hand-in-hand! I would love to hear more about your story and journey, it sounds like you are on the verge of taking a fabulous leap to do something wonderful.


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